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Sustainable luxury in the heart of Napa

62 Rooms

Napa Valley’s Bardessono Hotel and Spa, located in the center of downtown Yountville, is the modern but charming place of your wine country dreams. Upon arrival, a valet will whisk your car away and you’ll notice the air is filled with the fragrance of flourishing olive trees and blooming rosemary.

Once inside, notice the living wall covered with air plants and the natural elements (stone, wood) before you’re offered a glass of wine (sparkling or local sauvignon blanc, perhaps?). Although the sleek counter says it’s clearly a hotel lobby, the warm welcome and nurturing atmosphere bring to mind a sanctuary-like retreat.

The five-acre property is dotted with low two-story wood-and-steel buildings. Water features and artwork, outdoor sculptures and indoor contemporary pieces are all featured prominently throughout the space, which opened in 2009.

One of the few  LEED Platinum certified hotels in the U.S., Bardessono is known for its luxurious but green and sustainable experience. Eco developers built the hotel using 100,000 square feet of salvaged wood; a large contingent of glass windows and walls reduces the daytime requirement for electrical lighting; the roofs are covered in solar panels; and bathrooms operate with low water flow.

The Rooms

The 62 rooms at the Yountville hotel are more like personal havens — each one is actually a suite. All of the accommodations have some sort of outdoor living area, be it a balcony or enclosed courtyard. They are smart suites, with window coverings that open and close by sensor and gas fireplaces that turn on with a hidden button.

The walls are painted a rich buttery pale yellow that brings to mind a superb glass of chardonnay and the artwork, iron wall hangings and oversized pictures of nearby vineyards decorate them. The plush beds are outfitted with all-white, 100 percent Egyptian cotton Fili D’oro linens.

The bath products are by Ren and reside in the huge bathrooms, which double as a private spa complete with concealed massage table and separate shower. Tip: The ground-floor suites have private outdoor showers. All rooms have outdoor space, too — either serene private courtyards or balconies.

The Spa

With just four treatment rooms, The Spa at Bardessono is intimate yet efficient and cozy.

With a focus on wellness through the seasons, the spa’s treatments vary depending on the time of the year. For example, in the spring the facials, body wraps and massages are geared toward purification and renewal.

The majority of people who stay at the hotel prefer to take advantage of the in-room spa option — so much so that the spa offers a variety of treatments that are only available in guest suites. Reservations are recommended: The spa is beloved by both locals and returning guests, so don’t wait to book your treatment.

The Restaurant

Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Lucy Restaurant and Bar is helmed by chef Nate Lindsay and wine director Anani Lawson. Lindsay serves up a sensational farm-to-table menu with delectable fare, like hand-rolled gnocchi coated in kale pesto made with fresh kale just picked from the resort’s onsite edible garden.

Lawson’s wine list offers local favorites like Truchard Pinot Noir as well as interesting international pours, such as the Olivares Rosé from the Jumilla region of Spain.

There’s an expansive outdoor dining area with water and fire features that’s ideal for enjoying snacks alfresco. A large living-room-like bar has plenty of seating options, from snug armchairs to low couches to communal tables with bar seats.

The Amenities

Bardessono is dog-friendly, so you don’t have to leave your four-legged friend at home. If you happen to stay on the first Tuesday of the month, you and your pooch will be invited to the DogBar, a happy hour event that involves wine for you and dog treats for the pup.

The fitness center is small, but lovely thanks to its deck-like appearance and sliding walls that open up to a garden. And one of the best amenities at Bardessono is the chic rooftop pool. With gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and vineyards and an all-day pool menu, it’s a great place for relaxing post-or-pre winery hopping.

The location of the Napa hotel is ideal; it’s within a five minutes walk of Thomas Keller’s Bouchon and adjoining bakery and Richard Reddington’s pizzeria, Redd Wood. If you want to venture further out into the valley, a fleet of Lexus RX 450Hs is available in two- to four-hour time blocks.

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